Bryant Weighing Options

"I still need to talk to my head coach about taking official visits," Chris Bryant said. "There's like six or seven of us on the team who are Div. I prospects this year, and I know our coach wants us to stay focused on the season and take our official visits when it's over. I'll start planning my officials sometime as soon as the season is over. My list of schools are really the schools that..."

Chris Bryant, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound three-star offensive guard from Simeon Vocational High School in Chicago, Ill., liked what he saw of the Wolverines after unofficially visiting Michigan this past weekend.

"They played really good and I like what they did on offense," he said. "But they had a couple miscues on defense and gave up a few big points, but I think that can happen especially with them coming off those two first big games of the season. I'm sure the coaching staff will fix and tweak a few things on defense and they'll be ready to play in their next game. And even though I was just there, it's still a school that I could definitely see myself taking an official visit to."

Bryant said his top schools are still Michigan, Stanford, Kansas, Arizona, Illinois and Minnesota. Bryant has no official visit dates set yet.

"I still need to talk to my head coach about taking official visits," he said. "There's like six or seven of us on the team who are Division I prospects this year, and I know our coach wants us to stay focused on the season and take our official visits when it's over. I'll start planning my officials sometime as soon as the season is over.

"My list of schools are really the schools that I'm talking with a lot lately," he said. "They're all trying to get my attention a lot. And when we're on the phone with each other, we're not even going over possible official visit dates just because we don't have time to talk about it. We're usually talking about other things involved with the program."

"I don't have a leader out of these schools, but each have something about them that I like," he said. "When I was out at Stanford over the summer for an unofficial visit, their coaching staff made me feel really welcome and almost like the school was a second home.

"It's definitely a school I could see myself at for the next four to five years, and I really liked being out in California. I've always liked it there and there's some great weather in Palo Alto.

"Kansas is also a school with some great coaches, and coach (Reggie) Mitchell (running backs/recruiting coordinator) has been recruiting me really hard ever since he was out at Illinois," he said. "I've got a great relationship with him and some of the other members of the staff. But I haven't had too much time to watch them this season and just need to do some more research.

"Minnesota is a program that I didn't know too much about, but I'm talking with their coaches more and more," Bryant said. "They definitely make the school sound really interesting to know more about. And they're definitely making it seem like they really want to get me out there for an official visit.

"Illinois head coach (Ron) Zook is a really great guy, and I've been in touch with him even when coach Mitchell was there," he said. "Their program has a great home feeling and even when coach Mitchell left, coach Zook still offered me that welcoming feeling. I also know at least three to four players from my high school who go there.

"And they're all telling me the same thing, which is just to weigh out my options because this is one of the biggest decisions I'm ever going to make in my life."

Simeon Vocational (4-0) will play Curie High on Thursday.

"My coaches aren't too big on stats, and as of right now I don't have any to report," he said.

Bryant reports a 3.6 GPA and a 21 on ACT.

"I'm set on my score and will not retake the test," he said.


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